Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were both baptized and probably to some extent both believed that God existed. But I doubt that anyone would suggest that either of those two lived Christian lives. Yet how many people gave their utmost allegiance to them? Many church sanctuaries have flags in the front of them. But notice how almost always the American flag is given the position of highest respect at the speaker's right side, while the Christian flag is relegated to a position of less respect. What are we saying when we do that? -- Bowen
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.